StarSwirl was designed after toys with that name. The toy did not come with a magic hat, and was released before any mention of Star Swirl the Bearded. So if the design is underwhelming... it's Hasbro's choice, not Starlight's.
Well the Design isn't my thing too in terms of color composition. Thats why i added accessories liek the Hat to balance it out a bit. But as Amona stated i kinda had to stick to the original design to a certain degree.
Didn't even know there was a Star Swirl Pony until amona linked it. Just liked your Night Watch fliers a whole bit more and I guess they outshine Starswirl at the moment. (Also I just want to see that hat! The hat is awesome)